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LATEST CASE NUMBERS
As of Monday, October 19, Montana reports a cumulative total of 23,390 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 569 new cases since yesterday, 9,611 active cases, and 13,538 patients considered recovered. State officials also report that 1,010 of the cases have resulted in hospitalizations, with 339 patients currently hospitalized. There have been 241 Montana deaths attributed to the disease. The state’s official dashboard is here, and more information on the numbers reported by the state is here.
Yellow-shaded counties on the map have seen at least one documented COVID-19 case. Orange-shaded counties are currently above the four-active-case threshold for the mask mandate enacted July 15.
U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen on Wednesday rejected a lawsuit brought by Republican groups seeking to halt mail-in voting during Montana’s November election, calling the plaintiffs’ claims that voting by mail would lead to widespread fraud “a fiction.”
From the University of Montana to the Pentagon, scientists nationwide are searching for the ultimate defense against COVID-19. But one vaccine won’t save everyone, and the race raises unprecedented ethical questions.
Tribal leaders have worked to keep the coronavirus off their reservations because of its deadly impact on Native populations. But careful avoidance of the virus has handcuffed the tribes as they face a devastating fire season.